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Russian anti-gay extremists claim recent torture victim has died

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

KAMENSK-URAL, Russia — An anti-gay Russian Ultra-nationalist known for using social media to target LGBT youth in Russia, claims that one of his victims, an alleged “teen” who was tortured and depicted in a widely circulated photo last week, has died.

But widespread reports by LGBT and human rights blogs of the death of the young man in the photo (below right) — now identified as 23-year-old Uzbekistani citizen Imya Sador — remain unverified.

This image posted to the “Occupy Pedophilia” group on VK.com, depicts group members “Lion Fancy” (left) and Mikhail Krasnov (right) standing over an unidentified victim, later alleged to be Imya Sador.

Over the weekend, Russian human rights activist Dr. Valentin Degterev told Spectrum Human Rights Alliance that one of assailants in the photo, Mikhail Krasnov, had posted on his VK.com page that the young male depicted in the photo had been killed.

VK.com is a popular Europe-based social media website similar to Facebook, where anti-gay activists including Krasnov, allegedly lure LGBT victims to meeting places, where they are then harassed, brutally beaten, humiliated and forced to perform sexual acts with inanimate objects.

Many of the encounters are recorded on video and digital photos and then uploaded to YouTube and VK.com groups “Occupy Pedophilia” and “Occupy Kamensky.”

Degterev told Spectrum that he learned of Sador’s death last month, but said it was confirmed in a phone call from Krasnov on Aug. 1.

Alleged victim “Imya Sador”

But LGBTQ Nation has learned from official Russian government sources and police officials Tuesday that there are currenlty no records of Sador’s death, or of any victim matching the name or description of the man depicted in the photographs as claimed by Krasnov.

A source for the local Russian equivalent of the medical examiner in Kamensk-Uralsky city (Sverdlovsk district) told LGBTQ Nation that there were no bodies matching Sador’s name or description in the facility.

One Russian official told LGBTQ Nation that Krasnov’s claim is not an uncommon occurrence, and that such reports are often made to bolster a group’s stature and to gain widespread notoriety.

Krasnov is alleged to be the second in command of the “Occupy Pedophilia” group, which is headed by Maxim Martsinkevich, known (in Russian) as “Tesak” — which translates as “The Cleaver.” The group is principally based in Kamensk-Uralsky, located in the Ural mountains about 1,900 miles east of Moscow.

Martsinkevich is the former leader of a Russian neo-fascist organization “Format 18,” and was released from prison in December 2010 after serving a three-year sentence for inciting ethnic hatred.

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For two years, Martsinkevich has reportedly traveled around the Russian federation promoting his group’s involvement in the capture of “pedophiles,” using the VK.com ads as “live bait.”

He has also been a strong proponent of recent changes in Russian laws that have criminalized LGBT activism, including pride events and public displays of affection between same-sex couples.

Despite the country’s anti-gay laws, one Russian official told LGBTQ Nation that any acts of violence or murder would be dealt with, and that officials were investigating the allegations regarding the Uzbek citizen.

LGBTQ Nation has also reached out to the government of the Republic of Uzbekistan to verify the young man’s identity and citizenship status, but a response was not immediately available.

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79 more reader comments:

  1. I SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH RUSSIAN GAY LGBT YOUR WELCOME TO MOVE IN MY HOUSE THIS IS SAD BREAKS MY HEART MAJOR TIME THIS IS AWFUL MAJOR I DON´T THINK I CAN NOT HOLD BACK ANYMORE WE NEED STRONGER TEAM TO DO US ALL JUSTICE THIS IS BULLSHIT

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:40pm
  2. Is killing not illegal if the victim is gay . “Pooty Poot” sucks the big 1 (not in a good way) Pooty poot – Putin (I stole it from lil bush)

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:41pm
  3. sick sick people..

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:41pm
  4. Boycott Russia

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:44pm
  5. Why are people so evil? :(

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:46pm
  6. Why are they still alive, and preaching hate ?

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:46pm
  7. This is what our Olympic officials want our athletes to go towards. Boycott Russia

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:46pm
  8. He was some ones son, brother Loved one he will be miss by the Gay community this injustice will not be forget soon.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:47pm
  9. This is absolutely disgusting…

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:50pm
  10. So sad and aweful :(

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:52pm
  11. DISCUSTING…HOPE they rot…Russia will experience some xtreme political fallout for this issue….

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:54pm
  12. Gut wrenching!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:54pm
  13. I´m terrified.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:59pm
  14. Horrible.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:02pm
  15. enough is enough.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:04pm
  16. I think you shouldn´t publish the photo of the tortured man, you should only leave the faces of those murderes. This photo should be for the court and the police, not to give ideas to other insane people.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:05pm
  17. this is a case for UN sanctions and boycotts

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:08pm
  18. regardless what the olympic committee decides (remember one day in september) i will be boycotting the olympics at my house.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:09pm
  19. Better dead than continuously tortured.

    Sad, but it is a harsh sentiment.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:13pm
  20. man fuck this I am sick of these anti gay assholes action mast be taken to save the lives of others

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:16pm
  21. Perhaps the “government” will recognize that by enforcing such RIDICULOUS laws they encourage citizens to react like kind. IF this story is true, it is the LAWS RESPONSIBILITY to track down the HORRIBLE VIOLENT CRIMINALS and PUNISH THEM as they committed CRIMES against a citizen. It will be egg on the face of these “new harsh anti-gay legislative decisions”….as it should be. SHAME ON ALL WHO CAN AND WILL NOT ACCEPT. How disappointing you are as ´humans´…..!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:21pm
  22. First, let me say this about the 2014 Winter Olympics, scheduled to be held in Sochi, Russia … Due to the fact that the Russian government has imposed pro-LGBT speech restrictions — punishable by incarceration — on any and all persons within the borders of Russia, I believe that gay and pro-gay athletes who attend the 2014 Winter Olympics will not be safe in Russia.

    In addition, the Russian government has tacitly condoned and turned a blind eye toward the beatings, the torture, and the murder(s) of young LGBT Russian youth. This is COMPLETELY unacceptable, and it conjures up images of Nazi Germany — which also hosted the Olympics … back in 1936.

    Having said that, I believe that the International Olympic Committee should move the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics to another venue.

    If that does not happen, I would recommend that each pro-gay or gay athlete, especially those from the United States, take it upon him or herself to consider the risks vs. the rewards of attending the Russian Olympics this Winter.

    For those who DO decide to attend, I would just ask that you show some backbone and display SOME SYMBOL or SOME FORM of statement in SOLIDARITY with the LGBT community of Russia and of the world. Olympians are people of courage, and NOW is the time to demonstrate that courage. If you attend the Russian Olympics, this Winter, please show your courage, defy the ruthless Russian government, and display your pride of and/or alliance with the LGBT community — in Russia and worldwide.

    Please stand strong against hatred, and please stay true to yourselves and to the nations you represent. Please do the right thing — for yourselves, for those who suffer oppression, and for humanity, in general.

    Thank you.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:26pm
  23. These anti-gay extremists are just sick bastards. They should be shot.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:27pm
  24. It makes me sick to my stomach to think my gay brothers and sisters in Russia are going through this torture.. I can´t even imagine what that poor boy has gone through, especially if he has been executed. But what can we do?

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:28pm
  25. The Russian Ultra-nationalist are PIGS, BIGOTS, AND EVIL. They always have been.. IGNORANCE is so DANGEROUS.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:33pm
  26. Won´t be watching to Olympics…

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:33pm
  27. fuck them they ALL NEED TO DIE A HORRIBLE DAETH IN THIS CASE TWO WRONGE DO MAKE A RIGHT

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:38pm
  28. Boycott the Russian Olympics and any company that advertises during the Russian Olympics!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:44pm
  29. QUE HORROR !!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:49pm
  30. Million gay march on russia. stay in georgia. Don´t give russia a cent. Protest outside the olympics and show them we can chant so loud that it will be hard to watch the games.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:51pm
  31. now, why the hell aren´t these 2 cowards in jail??? Oh yeah, cuz society sees us gays as sub-human… therefore, this is all ok… wtf? This is repugnant… and I definitely believe in retributive justice… they should be subjected to the same cruelty!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:04am
  32. Sick fucks should have that dildo shoved up their arses until it bleeds.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:04am
  33. and they are public and proud…btw..even if the RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT is insanely anti gay does this mean open season on hunting gays? murder is now acceptable ..then we need t otake whatever mesures we can since this is now a government murdering thier people for no reason other thne being thmeselves..no better thne genocide…putin SIGNED the UN treaty on rights….cut off ANY funding cut off trade make it hurt in their wallets

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:05am
  34. These anti gay extremists need to be tortured themselves, period!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:16am
  35. With a nation that has no tolerance for the LGBTQ communities (people); I doubt that these individuals will see any kind of justice that fits their crimes.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:17am
  36. The pedophiles trying to prevent quote on quote ´pedophila´ eh… -_-

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:17am
  37. Lamentable que esto esté pasando en ese País !!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:19am
  38. His suffering is over – our´s is about to begin… :´(

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:31am
  39. question is, what is going to happen to these ass holes for killing that innocent kid?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:56am
  40. Disgusting! SAD that people would torture people over anything… RIP

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:56am
  41. Will not be watching the Olympics…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:57am
  42. your are pigs from hell, poor child RIP

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:03am
  43. OH NO. This is heartbreaking.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:09am
  44. I would think the United Nations would do some thing about this in Russia fithy stinking country anyway

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:10am
  45. I cry for the victim and for mankind.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:10am
  46. The question: Will these anti-gay extremists be charged for the death of the teen or are they just going to get away with it? This is why we can´t let Russia host the Olympics in 2014, can anyone assure that this isn´t going to happen to some poor tourist? This is a volatile situation that we need to attend to. Offer amnesty to GLBT folk who want to escape a country that´s obviously too dangerous to live in!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:21am
  47. they will soon be dead too

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:24am
  48. Such a tragic, heartbreaking story that was produced by very real contributors. WE NEED TO MAKE CHANGE EVERYDAY ON A GLOBAL LEVEL, IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES, AND IN OUR OWN HEARTS:)

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:51am
  49. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:58am
  50. Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:08am
  51. Public profiles on VK as well shamelessly promoting their own actions:

    http://vk.com/restrukt

    http://vk.com/id108649789

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:09am
  52. Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:15am
  53. Oh how times have changed. Russia went from celebrating the downfall of Nazi Germany after WWII to becoming just like them.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:30am
  54. This is literally the most disgusting, inhumane thing I have ever heard of in my life. Horrible, absolutely terrible.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:44am
  55. Russia the New Nazi Germany !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:55am
  56. Fucking retarded Russian people….shame on they´re…hope than Sotchi doesnt work…hope thios retarded people PAID for they´re violence:( Russia doesn´have the right to be into civilization….:(

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:55am
  57. If I have Russian man here on my face….I slap him fucking retarded people:(

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:58am
  58. So Sad…How many more will die before something Is Done…there leader is a Coward (Pukein)

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:08am
  59. Sick sick sick Communist scumbags…time to drop a big bomb on this assholian Gulag!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:12am
  60. This man needs to be torrid to death with a dodo made up of one razor blade and a pile of salt

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:21am
  61. Or.may.e thats a dildo made.of.one.razor blade and a pole of salt. Stupid auto correct.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:23am
  62. kill the muthafucka

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:38am
  63. Omg :´(

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:42am
  64. fuk that put prices on their head-this is a war, we should be assassinating them. I´[d love to see all these middle eastern troops moved to Russia.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:00am
  65. they are sick bastards and they need to be punished, they are no different then Nazi Germany point blank…. =LOVE CONQUERS HATE=

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:04am
  66. bloody disgusting makes me feel sick these people need a lesson im life and a good beating themselves

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:13am
  67. this is disgusting!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:31am
  68. Boycott the Russia

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:17am
  69. It´s the KKK, except for gay people :( :(

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:18am
  70. They are cowards.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:47am
  71. These Russians are really sad. Terrible what they did to this boy.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:27am
  72. WTF The penises of these Russians bastards must be chopped off! Off with their cocks!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 8:03am
  73. i hope this weighs on their conciences, if they have any.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:46am
  74. i hope their kids born gay

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 10:16am
  75. This made me cry…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 10:33am
  76. FUCK Russia!!! These men are evil disgusting hateful Nazi bastards!!! Russian people are disgusting pigs if you see Russian people anywhere bash them and spit in their face! All straight russians living in America should be deported back to that ugly filthy country!!! Burn In Hell Russia!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:07pm
  77. Boycott

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:43pm
  78. Because fighting hate with hate always leads to do a better world Matthew. Asshole.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:06pm
  79. horrible middle-aged country they are.. I am disappointed and will not look on that direction until they grow backbone and start acting like humans again.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:01pm